Is Ketchup Weight-Loss Friendly?
When some people switch from eating mostly fried and processed foods to a more healthy diet, they employ the use of condiments to zest up veggies and meats. While condiments, such as ketchup, offer a burst of flavor as well as healthy vitamins, they also contain ingredients that can sabotage a healthy diet.
Ketchup is made from tomatoes which contain a wide variety of vitamins and antioxidants. The primary antioxidant is lycopene which can slow the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Ketchup also contains vitamins A, C and E. However, research studies show that organic varieties of ketchup provide more of these vitamins than the non-organic conventional varieties available in most grocery stores. To ensure that your ketchup is as healthy as it can be, opt for an organic variety with a dark, red color.
Like many processed American foods, additives are what causes ketchup’s downfall. So called flavor enhancers, like salt and sugar, are added to ketchup by manufactures. Some manufacturers even add high fructose corn syrup. In fact, ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar and 190 milligrams of sodium in just one tablespoon. To put it in more visual terms, one fourth of a bottle of ketchup is essentially nothing but added sugar. This added sugar has another negative side effect for consumers. The extra sweetness from the sugar actually stimulates taste buds and brain receptors to crave even more sugar. Therefore, most people use far more than the 1 tablespoon of ketchup that is recommended.
Those seeking a splash of flavor without the unhealthy additives should try adding salsa or a dash of hot sauce to foods. In addition to enhancing the flavor of foods, these options can rev up your metabolism which burns more calories and helps increase weight loss.
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